Listening to anyone talk about riding is pretty much my favorite thing, but listening to riders who have the benefit of age on their side is a particular honor. Having the direct line to passionate, accomplished, still-horse-crazy riders who are over (or nearly over) 60-years-young makes me want to pull up a chair, turn off my phone, and, as I would say to my daughter, “listen with my ears and my heart”. Because riders over 60 not only have the passion of someone who has devoted themselves to horses for decades, they also have the wisdom to skim only the best advice off the top.

Related: Step Aside, Bays. Pintos Are The New Sport Horses On The Block.

I sat down with some of the living legends of equestrian sport to get the inside scoop on what it means to ride when you’re older. These include FEI dressage judge Marilyn Payne, Canadian eventing Olympian Juliet Graham, grand prix dressage rider Lindle Sutton, amateur eventer Sarah Wildasin, and dominant hunter rider Jane (Womble) Gaston – what a badass group of women.

Listening to anyone talk about riding is pretty much my favorite thing, but listening to riders who have the benefit of age on their side is a particular honor. Having the direct line to passionate, accomplished, still-horse-crazy riders who are over (or nearly over) 60-years-young makes me want to pull up a chair, turn off my phone, and, as I would say to my daughter, “listen with my ears and my heart”. Because riders over 60 not only have the passion of someone who has devoted themselves to horses for decades, they also have the wisdom to skim only the best advice off the top.

Related: Step Aside, Bays. Pintos Are The New Sport Horses On The Block.

I sat down with some of the living legends of equestrian sport to get the inside scoop on what it means to ride when you’re older. These include FEI dressage judge Marilyn Payne, Canadian eventing Olympian Juliet Graham, grand prix dressage rider Lindle Sutton, amateur eventer Sarah Wildasin, and dominant hunter rider Jane (Womble) Gaston – what a badass group of women.

‘How has riding evolved for you from when you started to the present?’

Jane (Womble) Gaston

Riding has changed enormously for me since I began riding over 60 years ago. It has shifted for me physically due to body changes as I grew and now body changes as I age. Mentally it has also changed due to mileage and training. But probably the biggest change for me is beginning on Thoroughbreds and then adjusting to the modern Warmblood. Both of those involve their own physical and mental challenges. Interesting to me is I see the Warmblood evolving and becoming more like the Thoroughbred, which is welcomed by me. I prefer a more sensitive and active horse.

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01/03/2017 ; Wellington FL ; Winter Equestrian Festival – Week 8 ; 4682, BECAUSE, KELLEY FARMER JANE GASTON ; amateur owner hunter ; Sportfot